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Pathankot

Trip Planner Asia  /  India  /  Punjab  /  Gurdaspur District  /  Pathankot
(4.2/5 based on 50+ reviews for 7 attractions)
Things to do: religious sites, sightseeing
Pathankot is a city as well as a district in the Indian state of Punjab. In 2011 it became the capital of Pathankot district (carved out of Gurdaspur district) in Punjab, India. Pathankot is at the meeting point of the three northern states of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, and close to the border with Pakistan. Due to its location, Pathankot serves as a travel hub for those three northerly states. Pathankot is the 9th most populous city in the state of Punjab. Situated in the foothills of Kangra and Dalhousie, with the river Chakki flowing close by, the city is often used as a rest-stop before heading into the mountains of Jammu and Kashmir, Dalhousie, Chamba, and Kangra, deep into the Himalayas.HistoryPathankot is an ancient city and has historical significance. From various account. It may be believed that 'Audumbara' was the name of it. Numerous coins of great antiquity found at Pathankot prove that it is one of the oldest sites in the Punjab and it must must always have been a place of great significance situated as it in in the foot of the hills.Among the coins found by Sir Alexnder Cunningham were a Greak Zoilus, Vonones, Kanishka, Huvishka and Odumbara. The name was Pratishthana and after Mohammeden invasion Paithan came into existence.
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